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May 23, 2012 Horezu, Romania--After a certain age it isn't a treat to see the old face on TV but there it was, sagging chins, under-eye bags and all plastered on screens throughout Vilcea County. Thank goodness no one from Julian was watching except Regina who's from Ramona and who cares about Ramona. The occasion was the visit of Libby Gitenstein, wife of the us Ambassador to Romania, Mark Gitenstein. Libby had come to see our 4H clubs and, since she was here, the Horezu Monastery (A UNESCO World Heritage Site tucked into the folds of the great Carpathian mountains) and Horezu ceramics as well. It was a nice visit and Libby is a good informal Ambassador for the US. A retired nurse practitioner, she promotes Hospice in Romania and teaches nursing in Bucharest in addition to the usual round of coffees, cocktail parties and cheering on the troops, Romanian and American. Horezu was, we hope, more fun. Libby tried her hand at painting pottery in the Horezu style. She mixed up her feet on the wheel a bit but generally got things right. She duly admired the pottery displays in the House of Culture. We all had coffee on the balcony of the Monastery with the nuns. The 4H kids radiated joy telling the Americans about 4H activities. And Libby gave a press conference. Sigh. Libby works at her Romanian but it's still halting and limited. The reporters have all studied English...but most of us in Julian have studied Spanish and know how it can be to use it. So I translated, wading around subjunctives, throwing out a few idioms and generally bumbling through with the happy thought that they could then voice over Libby's presentation later. Wrong. Worse, they showed the old face along with Julian accented Romanian. For intolerable lengths of time. On several TV channels where the customs is to begin local news broadcasts in the morning and repeat them every hour until the evening. Viewers probably laughed themselves into a coma. But one makes sacrifices for one's country. The sister city relationship of Julian and Horezu, underscored by Mayor Cristi Nitu was prominently mentioned, the 4H clubs and their activities were lauded, Libby looked great, and the coverage bolstered the old US image which, for various reasons, is a little shaky right now. And Regina got in a plug for the Ramona Arts Guild and Oceanside Art Museum. We were also in all the local papers but the pictures were smaller. Libby went back to Bucharest the same day, Regina and I left for Sibiu in Transylvania, where no one will have seen Vilcea's local TV stations. Things got back to Non-TV-Star normal. We are now looking for someone from Julian who (a) can afford a plane ticket to Romania, and (b) would be a good judge in the ceramics festival "Cocosi de Horezu" in June 2013 (and perhaps display his or her own pottery) and are trying to figure out ways to bring someone from the Horezu 4H to Julian next year. Also how to get Mother Marina from the Monastery and Mayor Cristi talking (there is a little land dispute, how novel) so we can fix up the mill outside the Monastery gates for tourists, perhaps using it as a 4H project. None of this, thank goodness, will be on TV. PROFLAM E Serving The Community We Live/n For Over 60 Years Commercial eoo Residential oo Payment Options ............ i + B -,,1,oPA.. .: ....... ,.- L/J COUNCIL 24 Hour Emergency Service provided by Butterfield Bed and Breakfast a.d the Fan Diego Co=tory Library Celebrating 100 Film Festival Review Lanae Cranfield Sophmore - Julian High School of The Julian News 7 LiVe in Julian. Shod in Julian Business Spotlight: Julian Hog Heaven Hog Heaven is located at 2000 Main Street, Suite 104 (downstairs in the Stonewall Building). They are open Monday and Wednesday - Friday 11:00am to 5:00pm, Saturday/Sunday 10:30am to 5:30pm. Nancy Pisano opened the shop in 2004, she currently employees one Julian resident and she runs the shop the rest of the time. She offers a local and military discount. This is definitely a one of a kind shop here in Julian. It consists of biker clothing, gifts and supplies. Nancy and her husband ride Harley's and this led to her desire to open the shop. She stocks leather biker vests and jackets ranging in price from $59 up to $179, a great selection the Secret Shopper of doe rags, face masks, sunglasses, stirrups to hold your pants down during riding and jacket patches. Also available and very popular are the long sleeve t-shirts and hog shirts. There is a selection of sterling silver and stainless steel jewelry with the biker in mind. Last but not least, Hog Heaven carries Harley oils and brake fluids for bikes. So for all of you motorcycle enthusiasts out there, this little Julian shop is a must and well worth checking out. -'!=mmmB OBFILA WINE HARD CIDER 3 DAILY The Wild and Scenic Film Festival is a collection of films that express the concerns of the environment and allow us to see our planet in a new way. I volunteered at the first Julian Film Festival, on Saturday, May 5th. I have to admit that I thought I was only there to help, but I ended up getting to watch some of these films. I was blown away! I didn't know the extent of what our planet is dealing with. There are rivers full of ink that change color and have no living species, water bottles that we buy are mostly tap water, and power companies are depleting us of money when we could be using solar or wind sources. I learned that we are the cause of this destruction, and only we can fix it. That's why many people from these films are trying to do just that. These extraordinary individuals look to nature and it's magnificent cycles of life for answers. Even the continued on page 8 ARIEL'S ATTIC CBANDOPEmNC 760 765 0897 9- 5 APPLE by Larry Cox "Tire" Ashtray Q: I have a "tire" ashtray that I think is probably from the 1930s. Are these collectible? -- Carl, Dayton, Ohio A: Most of the "tire" ashtrays that I've seen being offered for sale were originally given away as premiums by service stations, tire manufacturers and garages. The earliest styles were crafted of glass circled by a miniature rubber tire. On the tire is embossed the name of the company. Ashtrays of this type produced before about 1950 are especially collectible. Typical prices are Goodrich Double Eagle, $125; Firestone Deluxe Champion, $45; Zenith, $40; andJetzon, $20. As with most collectibles, condition is extremely important. For non- smokers, some of the ashtrays were issued that featured a pin tray. Q: My mom collected Avon bottles and I have inherited them. I know nothing about Avon and current values. Can you help me? --Susan, Stigler, Okla. A: The California Perfume Company was founded in 1886 and the Avon line was not introduced until about 40 years later. Collecting the earlier items is still competitive, but ones issued after about 1960 have little or no value to serious enthusiasts. After monitoring eBay for several days, I still believe that the Avon market has softened. There are several guidebooks available at amazon.com, but you should take the prices listed in them with some caution. For example, one guide lists a Nile Blue Bath Urn for $15, but it actually sells for about $5. Q: I have a reverse painting on glass identified as "Scene in Scotland." Any information you can give me would be appreciated. -- Barbara, Sun City, Ariz. A: Such paintings were especially popular during the early 20th century. They were painted by a variety of artists; some signed their work, and others did not. Paintings on glass of this type generally sell in the $50 to $100 range depending on subject matter, condition and desirability. Q: I have a sheet of 29-cent stamps honoring Elvis Presley. Are they valuable or should I use them? -- Theresa, Nashua, N.H. A: I spoke to several stamp collectors, who seem to agree that they are only worth face value. My advice would be to use them. Write to Larry Cox in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to questionsforcox@ aol.com. Due to the large volume of mail he receives, Mr. Cox is unable to personally answer all reader questions. Do not send any materials requiring return mail. 2012 King Features Syndicate, Inc. 765-0130 Ben Sulser, District Manager